Dunlop and Jaguar: Performance History - Tire Review Magazine

Dunlop and Jaguar: Performance History

(Clacton, U.K./Tyres & Accessories) Dunlop has been appointed as the sole supplier of bespoke tyres for the 19 and 20-inch fitments of the new Jaguar XK Coupe and Convertible.

According to the company, the Dunlop and Jaguar partnership embraces many of the iconic successes in the history of both brands. Six Le Mans victories were shared between the two companies, with the success story spanning the 1951 Jaguar XK120C through the legendary D-Type era to the Jaguar XJR-9LM that won in 1988.

Dunlop has an established British motorsport history. The Dunlop tyres used in the current Le Mans Endurance Series are designed, developed and manufactured at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, England, directly adjacent to the Castle Bromwich factory where the new XK is manufactured.

Jaguar and Dunlop have worked together for over two years to fine tune tyres that provide the handling, responsiveness and roadholding demanded by Jaguar engineers and customers.

The new XK models with 20 inch wheels  are fitted with 255/35R20 front and 285/30R20 rear Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyres. The Sport Maxx features a sophisticated Multi Radius Tread (MRT) design. This technology permits the calculation of an exceptionally accurate tread surface. The more accurate the tread shape is calculated the more homogeneous the pressure deployment in the contact patch becomes.

The new XK models with 19-inch wheels are fitted with the Dunlop SP Sport 01 tyre. This is an asymmetric tyre, rather than a directional tyre like Sport Maxx, and was chosen by Jaguar because of its blend of performance, handling and comfort. The 19-inch sizes are 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear.

These Dunlop tyres, which are tuned to the needs of Jaguar are differentiated with a small letter ‘J’ on the sidewall of the tyre.

You May Also Like

BKT’s Kershaw to Deliver Keynote at 2023 OTR Conference

The 68th annual Off-the-Road Tire Conference is Feb. 22-25 in Tucson, Arizona.


BKT USA Inc. President Doug Kershaw will address how the move from fossil fuel power to electric and automated technologies will impact the tire industry in the manufacturers’ keynote address at the 68th annual Off-the-Road Tire Conference, Feb. 22-25 in Tucson, Arizona.

In his speech titled, “Electric and Automated Technologies: The Quiet Revolution,” Kershaw will discuss moving into the future of ever-changing technologies and how the tire industry can incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns and sustainability into planning and operations, the Tire Industry Association said. Among the questions he will address are: “Where are we going? What challenges lie ahead? And how can we properly address the demands of clean energy effectively and economically?”

Goodyear Announces Cost Savings Actions

Goodyear said its Q4 results fell short of expectations given a significantly weaker industry backdrop.

Hankook Tire Signs Multi-Year Partnership with Lamborghini

Hankook Tire will be the exclusive tire and technical partner for the 2023 Lamborghini Super Trofeo series.

Bridgestone Provides A/T, Winter Tires for Lamborghini Huracán Sterrato

Bridgestone said the tire is the world’s first-ever supercar all-terrain tire to feature run-flat technology.

Complete Tire Repair Packages Build Customer Trust

Tire dealers know that offering a complete lineup of tire services can keep customers from seeking repairs elsewhere and add to the bottom line.

Other Posts

Off-Road Racer Jim Horne Joins Team Hercules

As a member of Team Hercules, Jim Horne will represent the brand as ambassadors at competitions and dealer and consumer events.

Maxam Tire Adds Two Sizes to MS405 Series

The Maxam MS405’s new sizes fit for loaders and dump trucks provide the OTR industry with more options.

Firestone Airide Tennessee Plant Recognized for Safety

This is the facility’s fourth STAR award, reflecting the company’s and
teammates’ commitment to a safe and healthy work environment.

Atturo Tire Offers Trail Hazard Protection for SXS and UTV Tires

The new program covers hazards encountered by riders on- and off-road at no additional charge.